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Washington Post: June 17, 2020
Choosing the right water filtration system requires the right steps

"The Water Systems Council endorses a mail-in water test from SimpleWater called Tap Score. Tap Score doesn’t actually do the testing, but it gets your samples to certified commercial labs that may not be prepared for consumer trade. It sends you a water testing kit to mail back. Then you get an easy-to-understand explanation of the results and recommendations for what kind of filter (or filters) would be best for your home."

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The Washington Post
Wirecutter: February 7, 2020
The Best Water Quality Test Kit for Your Home

"All of this makes Tap Score by far the most user-friendly and informative home water quality test kit we found ... If you want a complete picture of what’s in your water, we strongly recommend that you go with one of the send-away kits and let a professional lab do the testing."

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The New York Times: June 24, 2019
Arsenic in Bottled Water Prompts a Product Removal: How Much Is Safe?

"Mr. Olson said no over-the-counter kits are reliable for testing for arsenic. The Natural Resources Defense Council recommends using a state-certified drinking water lab; a list is on the E.P.A.’s website. Some labs, like, will do a test at a reasonable price, Mr. Olson said. He suggested asking for a discounted test for an array of contaminants. If affordability is an issue, you could consider only an arsenic test, which will cost less."

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The New York Times
Greenopedia: January 17, 2019
How to Test Your Home's Tap Water (City or Well)

"The blended solution of professional lab tests, using a DIY kit will make the most sense for most folks from both a practical and cost standpoint…Tap Score is an affordable service for easy home water testing and analysis. It’s more expensive than the individual kits you’d buy on Amazon, but not prohibitively so. And the reporting and recommendations you get from Tap Score are as detailed as what you’d get from a professional tester, but far easier to read and understand."

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Public Lab: April 6, 2019
How to Test For Lead in your Environment

"Because professional services can take time and be more expensive and because the test-it-yourself products are not the most reliable, using a mail-in service is a great option...For example, Tap Score is a series of products offered by the company Simple Water. They offer both city water and well water options; they offer tests specific to lead but also for other contaminants."

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The Verge: March 5, 2019
Lead contamination goes far beyond Flint, Michigan

"In New York City, where many of The Verge’s staff live the city’s water quality is a point of pride. It gets regularly tested for contaminants as it makes its way from distant reservoirs to our pipes and it has won awards and taste tests. This water doesn’t have lead when it enters the city’s water system but some older buildings and homes in the city still have lead in service lines that connect to the main distribution lines and tiny bits of lead can dissolve into the water there. The situation in NYC isn’t nearly as dire as in other parts of the country where lead levels that are higher than Flint’s can be found but it is still a concern…For the latest Verge Science video we decided to focus on lead which gets into our water a lot closer to home than you might think."

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The Verge
ABC13 (Panama City, FL): March 28, 2019
SPECIAL REPORT: Testing the Waters

"SimpleWater announced the launch of Tap Score Pro, a new approach to measure the concentrations of the most common contaminants found in homes. The testing program is designed to identify various chronic toxins at efficient costs by utilizing plumber expertise and state-of-the-art laboratory testing facilities…’The scale takes into account the presence of contaminants, the extent of those contaminants and then thirdly, the kind of certainty in the scientific community around the impact of that contaminant,’ said SimpleWater CEO, John Pujol."

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WorkingRE: February 4, 2019
The Future of Home Water Testing

"Water quality has caught the concern of homebuyers like never before… More than ever, consumers and families want to understand the toxins they are exposed to on a regular basis. These are called chronic environmental health exposures. Since we Americans spend 90% of our time indoors, it’s important to consistently identify and evaluate potentially hazardous materials and parameters which we may be ingesting on a daily basis."

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WorkingRE Home Inspector Magazine
Plumber Magazine: October 30, 2018
SimpleWater launches Tap Score testing program

"The [Tap Score Pro] testing program is designed to identify various chronic toxins at efficient costs by utilizing plumber expertise and state-of-the-art laboratory testing facilities. To kick off the initiative, the company is seeking 1,000 plumbers across the U.S. to submit samples from their customers’ homes to test for toxic contaminants."

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Plumber Magazine
PHCP Pros: August 21, 2018
Tap Score Gets Ahead of Lead

"To kick off the Tap Score Pro initiative, SimpleWater is seeking 1,000 of the best plumbers across the country with the expertise, trust and cooperation required to sample their customers’ homes for toxic water contaminants. SimpleWater pays each plumber $55 for every sample collected. Customers get $300 worth of home water testing, health risk assessment, and water treatment technology recommendations for a wholesale rate available through their plumber."

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FOX15 (Abilene, TX): May 29, 2018
What’s in Lake Fort Phantom and Lake Kirby's water?

"We are testing the water using Simple Water Tap Score. They are a California-based company that specializes in testing tap water. However, they are also capable of testing lake water, too."

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Fox 15
Environmental Monitor: December 11, 2017
In-Home Water Testing: A Talk With the Creator of Tap Score by SimpleWater

"In the wake of various water quality crises from Flint, Michigan and Puerto Rico there is a growing interest and demand among consumers for home water testing. Enter DIY water testing kits like Tap Score by SimpleWater."

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Environmental Monitor
Berkeley News: December 5, 2017
Holiday shopping a cinch with UC Berkeley’s gift guide

"Test your drinking water for up to 400 contaminants with Tap Score by SimpleWater, a science and health services firm founded by team of UC Berkeley scientists and entrepreneurs with a goal of improving drinking water and long-term health."

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Berkeley News
Mental Floss: November 14, 2017
Not Sure About Your Tap Water? Here's How to Test for Contaminants

"You just need to take a few samples, mail them to the lab, and you'll get the results back in 10 days, telling you about lead levels, copper and cadmium content, arsenic, and other common hazardous materials that can make their way into water via pipes or wells."

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Mental Floss
Lifehacker: November 12, 2017
How to Test and Filter Your Tap Water for Lead

"If you drink well water or live somewhere with infrequent municipal testing, it may be worth it to know as much as you can."

"In theory, municipal water supplies are safe. They’re monitored, tested, and treated by the powers that be. But of course, we know that doesn’t always work. And even if water is clean at its source, old pipes can introduce lead before the water gets to you."

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Popular Science: November 10, 2017
Testing your tap water for contamination is way easier than you think

" ‘There’s definitely a need for people to be testing that water, because it has long term implications,’ says Pujol. ‘If people could understand the results, that would make this public health issue more personal for people.’ " — John Pujol in Popular Science (November 2017)

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Popular Science
Popular Science: November 9, 2017
How to test your tap water for lead

"Of the three tests that we took, Tap Score was the easiest. It also had the most comprehensive results, including measurements for things like copper (which only makes you sick at very high levels, but can kill your goldfish at a much lower threshold), hexachlorobutadiene (which can affect the kidneys), and isopropylbenzene (which may increase risk of cancer)."

"If your test turns up positive, Tap Score offers you potential solutions."

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Popular Science
CARTO Blog: June 28, 2017

"We’ve mentioned the pressing issue of water insecurity, which is why we’re thrilled to include SimpleWater’s latest data visualization. The Lead Map uses location data related to the ages of homes in a given county as well as the average corrosiveness of that state’s groundwater to predict the level of lead exposure in a neighborhood’s water. We love this data visualization not only for drawing attention to the pressing issue of access to clean drinking water, but also for its innovative use of different types of location data used for risk assessment. Check out your neighborhood’s lead exposure today!"

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CARTO Location Intelligence
Berkeley Water Center: May 7-13 2017
Drinking Water Week

"Tens of millions of U.S. residents get their water from private wells that have no oversight at all, but a team of Berkeley scientists and entrepreneurs—led by John Pujol, civil and environmental engineer; and Susan Amrose, assistant project scientist and lecturer in Cal’s engineering department, and program director at Berkeley Lab’s Institute for Globally Transformative Technologies are on it."

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Berkeley Water Center
Homey Improvements: May 9, 2017
Basic Water Well Maintenance Guide

"Even if your well has been properly built, placed, and has passed all inspections, it is still important to test your drinking water. Off-the-shelf at-home water tests are not usually complete, but they can be useful initial screens, especially if you know what to test for. Tap Score powered by SimpleWater, is developed with private well owners in mind. Tap Score tests for lead, arsenic, nitrate, heavy metals, pharmaceuticals, and other known well-water contaminants. They test for over 100 contaminants and then provide you with a personalized water quality report, complete with actionable recommendations."

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Homey Improvements
I Read Labels For You: May 17, 2017
The Best Way to Get Clean Water in Your Home

"One more thing I like about SimpleWater is that they are absolutely unbiased. They neither sell water filters nor profit financially in any way from the sales of water filters. All their profits are generated from the sales of water testing packages. So you can rest assured that they work for you. SimpleWater wants to be your personal water manager."

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I Read Labels For You
California Magazine: Fall 2016
Well in Control: Berkeley Startup Helps People Find Out What They’re Drinking

"Lead may be among the most dangerous hazards, but it’s far from the only threat looming in aquifers and water pipes."

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California Magazine for University of California Alumni
Environmental Health Perspectives: Spring 2017
The Forest and the Trees: How Population-Level Health Protections Sometimes Fail the Individual

"Arsenic, for example, is a carcinogen that can be prohibitively expensive to remove centrally in small systems lacking economies of scale, says John Pujol, CEO of water-testing firm SimpleWater, Inc., which holds a license for a proprietary arsenic remediation technology it hopes to commercialize in the United States. As a result, arsenic often goes untreated in such systems, even at levels known to be unsafe and that significantly exceed the federal limit of 10 ppb."

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Environmental Health Perspectives by the National Institutes for Health
Water Online: November 9, 2016
Company Fights Contamination With Crowdsourcing

"A new service aims to combat water contamination using online tools. The goal is this, “A crowdsourced network, with the potential to monitor water quality nationwide.” The service aspires to offer a national water quality map with information that is useful at the community level."

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Water Online
ABC-7 News Bay Area (KGO): October 27, 2016
Bay Area company to crowd source cleaner water

"‘We want thousands of people, tens of thousands of people to order their tests at the same time, lower the costs of those water tests, and provide a kind of civic value of knowing what the water quality is in all parts of the country.' - John Pujol"

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Natural Blaze: October 10, 2016
Bay Area company to crowd source cleaner water

"Tens of millions of U.S. residents get their water from private wells that have no oversight at all. That’s where a team of Berkeley scientists and entrepreneurs—led by John Pujol, civil and environmental engineer; and Susan Amrose, assistant project scientist and lecturer in Cal’s engineering department, and program director at Berkeley Lab’s Institute for Globally Transformative Technologies—sees the largest unchecked threat to drinking-water safety in this country."

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Natural Blaze
Water Deeply: January 26, 2016
Q&A with John Pujol: Tackling Arsenic-Tainted Water

"John Pujol and his team at SimpleWater, a Berkeley-based engineering firm, have developed a new way to put contaminated wells back into service by making friends with the age-old process of rusting metal. It could be cheaper and easier for many communities dealing with arsenic problems "

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Blum Center for Developing Economies: Fall 2015
Bay Area company to crowd source cleaner water

"One of the goals of SimpleWater’s ArsenicVolt system is to provide remote monitoring of arsenic levels. This is being done, said CEO Pujol, for a very simple reason: There are few water engineers in the U.S. with expertise in arsenic or other heavy metals—and even fewer who will live in a small town. Indeed, lack of detection of arsenic is one of the biggest problems facing small system U.S. water supplies. According to data collected over the past four decades by the U.S. Geological Survey, for example, 25 percent of public groundwater supply sources in parts of California’s Central Valley of exceed 10ppb of arsenic, which became the federal standard in 2008."

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Blum Center for Developing Economies
Berkeley Engineering: February 18, 2015
A Drop to Drink

"Closer to home, [Susan] Amrose and fellow Berkeley alum John Pujol hold an option to license ECAR for small rural communities in the U.S. that can’t afford existing methods of arsenic treatment —including in California’s Central Valley, where groundwater contains some of the nation’s highest levels of arsenic."

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Berkeley Engineering
ABC-7 News Bay Area (KGO): September 14, 2014
Bay Area start-up creates filtration system for arsenic-concentrated water

"[John] Pujol is on a mission to make well water safer to drink by removing arsenic with a revolutionary technology. The system is known as ECAR -- Electrochemical Arsenic Remediation. It's designed to work in small communities that don't have the resources for an expensive filtration plant."

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